Dekhana Project Interviews

Collection Overview

Date Range: 2022
Geographical Coverage: Chicago, IL
Language(s): English (9),
Number of Items: 9
Item Types: Oral History (9)
Collection Creator: Tej Shah
Donor(s): Tej Shah

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About the Collection

Collection Description
The Dekhana Project shares stories of the queer desi community in Chicago.

Within the South Asian diaspora, ethnic and queer identity intersect at two parallel streets. While navigating both independently can be straightforward, embracing them together presents a traffic-filled crossroads. Queer desis are left feeling alone, trapped in a liminal space: fighting for a sense of place.

This project highlights the intersections of cultural and LGBTQ+ identities within the stories of South Asian Chicagoans. These interviews contribute to an understanding of how the city’s urban environment has shaped the queer desi community, as well as lived experiences as a whole.

Project creator Tej Shah's hope is that the diversity of stories captured by the Dekhana Project both brings attention to this crossroads, and portrays the experiences of those who have beat the traffic.

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Collection Themes: , Uncategorized (9)

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Administrative Information

Access & Use: Items in this SAADA collection are open for research. Items may not be sold or redistributed, copied or distributed as a photograph, electronic file, or any other media without express written consent from the copyright holder and the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). The user is responsible for all issues of copyright.

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